About Us

Rochdale Referees Association is for Football Referees based in Rochdale and the surrounding areas.

Meetings are held in the upstairs room at Rochdale Cricket, Lacrosse and Squash Club on the third Thursday of the month (August – May), the meetings commence at 7.30pm.  All members and anyone interested in joining the Association are welcome to attend.   We are members of Lancashire Referee’s Association and are affiliated to Lancashire Football Association and Manchester Football Association. We usually have over 40 members each season from all standards of refereeing. We currently have members who officiate on the National Assistants List, Contributory Leagues, Supply Leagues and Local Open Age and Youth Saturday and Sunday Leagues.

Monthly meetings are informal social occasions where we discuss all aspects of football and refereeing over a chat and a drink. At meetings we have either a guest speaker or a discussion topic for the evening. Discussions are often continued online in our friendly forum for members in our Facebook Group and via Twitter. We offer inexperienced members and members looking to achieve promotion to higher levels of the game the chance to have a mentor to help them take the next steps up the refereeing ladder.

The Aims of the Association are:

  • to endeavour to improve the standard of your refereeing
  • to provide support, training and development so that the interpretation of the Laws of the game are as consistent as possible
  • to advise, protect and further the interests of members into a refereeing career
  • to promote appropriate social activities.

Some of the many benefits of joining include:

  • Access to our referee support group
  • Monthly Development Sessions
  • Guest Tutors, facilitators and speakers at monthly development sessions
  • Optional insurance cover for accidents, kit etc (via LRA – further details available on request)
  • Affiliation to the Lancashire Referees’ Association (LRA)
  • Independent Information on any Referee related question you may have
  • Advice and support from other well established and experienced Referee members
  • Social activities

For Referees, By Referees – We hope to see you soon


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